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CDC recently marked 30 years of collaboration with the Thailand Ministry of Public Health. This collaboration has produced new disease prevention and intervention strategies that have had significant global impacts. From the establishment in 1980 of the Field Epidemiology Training Program to current efforts to meet the growing challenges of drug-resistant malaria, TB, HIV, emerging infectious diseases, border health, and noncommunicable diseases, CDC’s work with Thailand protects Thais and Americans from major health threats.

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Thailand at a Glance

Population: 69,892,000
Per capita income: $7,640
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 77/70 yrs
Infant mortality rate: 12/1000 live births

Population Reference Bureau World Population Data Sheet, 2011

Top 10 Causes of Death

Source: GBD Compare, 2010
  1. Cancer 19%
  2. Ischemic Heart Disease 12%
  3. Stroke 10%
  4. Lower Respiratory Infections 9%
  5. HIV 4%
  6. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 4%
  7. Diabetes 4%
  8. Road Injuries 4%
  9. Chronic Kidney Disease 2%
  10. Cirrhosis 2%

What CDC Is Doing

  • Thailand implemented a flu vaccine policy for the elderly and adults with underlying disease based on data CDC helped provide.
  • Built local epidemiologic capacity that influenced national policy to increase the number of people living with HIV that are eligible for treatment by 20%.
  • Identified first reported cases of Bartonella endocarditis and Coxiella burnetii (Q fever) endocarditis in Thailand, leading to CDC-supported efforts to build national laboratory capacity these two important zoonotic pathogens.
  • Page last reviewed: April 6, 2015
  • Page last updated: April 6, 2015
  • Content source: Global Health
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